About the John D. Greenwald Writing Competition

The annual John D. Greenwald Writing Competition commemorates the life of John D. Greenwald, former Deputy General Counsel at the Office of U.S. Trade Representative and the first Head of Import Administration at the U.S Department of Commerce, by inviting top submissions from J.D., LL.M., or S.J.D. students on current issues relevant to international trade law, the jurisprudence of the WTO or regional trade organizations, jurisprudence concerning U.S. trade organizations, an issue relating to the political economy or the efficacy of U.S. or international trade regimes.

The Institute partners with the Georgetown Journal of International Law (GJIL)  to oversee the competition and sends out a first call for papers in November of each year. Submissions are reviewed by an impartial panel according to the usual and stringent GJIL editorial standards and are then blind-reviewed by a Faculty Committee, composed of leaders in the field of international economic law.  The finalist articles represent cutting-edge scholarship for not only GJIL, but also international trade scholarship more generally.

The top articles are awarded GJIL publication and a cash prize, made possible as the result of a generous gift from the law firm of Cassidy Levy Kent in memory of the firm’s partner and friend, John D. Greenwald. The annual John D. Greenwald Writing Competition receives a number of thoughtful and innovative note submissions from law students across the world.

John D. Greenwald Competition 2023-2024 Call for Papers

The 7th Annual John D. Greenwald Competition is seeking novel & innovative note submissions from JD, LLM, and SJD students on current issues in international trade law.

The prizes for this year’s Greenwald Competition include $2500 and publication in the GJIL for first place, $1500 for second place, and $1000 for third place. Please refer to our flyer for all requirements and instructions.

Submissions must be sent by February 25, 2024, 11:59 p.m. ET to LawIIEL@Georgetown.edu.

John D. Greenwald Competition 2023 Winning Submissions

  • (First Place) Nichole Chen, “Drafting Cybersecurity Articles into Trade Agreements for Developing Nations”
  • (Second Place) Allison Reading, “Trade, War, and Stolen Cultural Property”
  • (Third Place) Giovanni Dall’Agnola, “Promoting Sustainable Food Systems Through Preferential Trade Agreement”

John D. Greenwald Competition 2022 Winning Submissions

John D. Greenwald Competition 2021 Winning Submissions

John D. Greenwald Competition 2020 Winning Submissions